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July 14, 2015

5 Outfits to Simplify 5 Tricky Style Trends (& Make Them Your Own)

As we talked about in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, we’re taking the guesswork out of some of those trends that just seem too complicated – or simply too, well, trendy – to incorporate into your own wardrobe. No matter your style, even if it’s conservative, it’s always important to find ways to freshen up your look…and still look like you, not someone trying to duplicate a magazine photo shoot. We focused on 5 Tricky Style Statements in “I Can’t Wear That…Can I? 5 Tricky Styles Demystified” . And here, we’re creating an outfit for each of those styles in ways that are modern, yet still appropriate. No one wants to LOOK like they’re trying too hard…and really, fashion shouldn’t be work. So let us do that part for you.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. Ready to give something a try? Share it with us. Remember, whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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Joie - Phillisa Tweed Cardigan
Phillisa Tweed Cardigan
Joie
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Tricky Statement: Fringe. Not only does fringe NOT have to look like you’re a kid going to Coachella, it can be a sophisticated work-ready update…when you do it in this Joie sweater jacket. We always adore Joie’s modern fit and it translates with ease here. The tweed knit has pretty texture that finishes perfectly with fringe details along the edges – very Chanel. It is cotton, so you can wear it for the office now and into the Fall season. You can easily wear this with jeans and a casual tank top underneath (as shown), but we’re putting it together for a look that’s great for the office or a dressier night out.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446710709 Joie - Marcher Silk Pintuck-Pleated Blouse
Joie - Marcher Silk Pintuck-Pleated Blouse
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Joie - Marcher Silk Pintuck-Pleated Blouse
Marcher Silk Pintuck-Pleated Blouse
Joie
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The neckline of the fringe jacket we’re featuring in this outfit is open, so pair it with this pintuck detail blouse. Also from Joie, the modern fit will ensure the jacket lays easily over this top. And the subtle vertical pleat accents the fringe edge of the jacket beautifully. The porcelain color plays into the mixed color combination of the jacket, while the elastic waistband means you don’t even have to bother tucking it in to look polished.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418061&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446679420 Elie Tahari - Nova Pants
Elie Tahari - Nova Pants
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Elie Tahari - Nova Pants
Nova Pants
Elie Tahari
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The jacket featured in this outfit mixes shades of ivory and black neutrals, so a timeless pair of slim black pants is all you need to keep this look elevated. Elie Tahari’s sleek pair keeps all the attention where it should be, on the jacket and blouse. The modern fit, in 0-16, is just wonderful - slimming, yet so comfortable in a stretch material and pull-on style. It has a satin trim waist detail, but for work, you won’t even seen it when you wear the Joie top in this outfit, since it has an elastic hem that will cover it. For a night out, though, you can just tuck the top in to show it off. If you prefer a full-length straight leg, Elie Tahari has an equally flattering option that will work with this outfit, too.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306626175&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446558240 Vince - Leather D'Orsay Flats
Vince - Leather D'Orsay Flats
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Vince - Leather D'Orsay Flats
Leather D'Orsay Flats
Vince
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Your favorite black pumps – or any work shoe you typically wear – will work with this outfit. This pointed toe flat is an updated alternative that looks great with the ankle length of the pants and is a style that is not only functional and comfortable, but will be a staple through Fall.
https://www.shopbop.com/metal-logo-double-wrap-bracelet/vp/v=1/1504788121.htm Tory Burch - Double Wrap Cuff Bracelet
Tory Burch - Double Wrap Cuff Bracelet
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Tory Burch - Double Wrap Cuff Bracelet
Double Wrap Cuff Bracelet
Tory Burch
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The bracelet length sleeve of the sweater/jacket in this outfit just yearns for, well, a bracelet. This Tory Burch is sleek and appropriate, yet chunky enough to complete the look. Being that this bangle is all one piece, you don’t need to worry about that annoying clanging sound that can be heard throughout the office when someone’s wearing layers of bracelets.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/diane-von-furstenberg-eva-silk-top/4011818 Diane von Furstenberg - Eva Silk Top
Diane von Furstenberg - Eva Silk Top
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Diane von Furstenberg - Eva Silk Top
Eva Silk Top
Diane von Furstenberg
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Tricky Statement: Surplice Wrap Necklines. Diane von Furstenberg is famous for her wrap dresses, so of course, she’s a go-to resource for a top with that same look. (Unlike her wrap dresses, where we advise sizing up, that is unnecessary here.) The luxe silk fabric of the front of this top has a beautiful weight to it, so it will drape closed on most bust sizes. But if that feels a little daring for you, a cami will certainly work. Or, go with the old trick used by every celeb to ensure there aren’t any red carpet disasters – fashion tape. Whatever you choose, the mix of textures – silk in the front, a knitted silk jersey in the back give this blouse a modern feel. And the waistband has elastic in it. This is key to ensuring the drape of the neckline hangs easily – you don’t have to worry about tucking it in, which can wreak havoc on it. The beautiful rich red is stylish now, and will be throughout the Fall/Winter season, so this will be a go-to for any night out…even a Christmas party. If you prefer a print, Nic+Zoe has a gorgeous one that can be worn with everything else we’re putting together in this outfit.
https://www.shopbop.com/pencil-skirt-5th-mercer/vp/v=1/1590487492.htm 5th & Mercer - Pencil Skirt
5th & Mercer - Pencil Skirt
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5th & Mercer - Pencil Skirt
Pencil Skirt
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The surplice neckline top we’re featuring in this outfit looks great with dark jeans or simple black trousers, like the ones we’re showing in the outfit above. With its sophisticated and sexy feel though, we’re showing you how to wear it with an equally sexy and powerful bottom…the pencil skirt. 5th & Mercer’s version is not only a great price and contemporary fit…it has a modern exposed zip detail down the back that can be unzipped to create a slit of any size (or none at all). Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see this additional view. This is a great detail to ensure it works for ladies of every height too, since this skirt looks just as good hitting just above the knee as it does a few inches below. The ponte fabric is seasonless, but weighty enough to ensure smooth lines. It’s the perfect compliment to show off this top…and you’ll love wearing it with any blouse. DVF’s simple ponte black skirt, without a back zip, will look just as sexy.
https://www.shopbop.com/love-letter-necklace-vanessa-mooney/vp/v=1/1555866092.htm Vanessa Mooney - The Love Letter Necklace
Vanessa Mooney - The Love Letter Necklace
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Vanessa Mooney - The Love Letter Necklace
The Love Letter Necklace
Vanessa Mooney
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The open neckline is made for a statement necklace. Instead of something chunky, the delicate layers of this Vanessa Mooney necklace play into the whole sexy, yet utterly sophisticated, vibe of this outfit. The combined lengths and pendant details is such a fresh update…we’re pretty obsessed. It looks great with a simple v-neck, crewneck or even peeking out from beneath a button-down. You won’t be disappointed.
https://www.shopbop.com/dea-suede-pumps-sam-edelman/vp/v=1/1548008954.htm Sam Edelman - Dea Suede Pumps
Sam Edelman - Dea Suede Pumps
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Sam Edelman - Dea Suede Pumps
Dea Suede Pumps
Sam Edelman
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Finish this feminine outfit with a lady-like staple. These Sam Edelman pointed-toe pumps ensure your legs will look fabulous. Suede is really fresh looking for Summer, so don’t hesitate to start wearing them now. They have a leather accent by the heel, so if you worry about mixing leather and suede, worry no more. (Though, really, that doesn’t need to be a concern – we believe in mixing & matching.)
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-camilla-lace-tunic-with-tank-regular-petite/4017544 Nic+Zoe - Camilla Lace Tunic with Tank
Nic+Zoe - Camilla Lace Tunic with Tank
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Nic+Zoe - Camilla Lace Tunic with Tank
Camilla Lace Tunic with Tank
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Tricky Statement: Cutouts. The cut-out trend doesn’t have to be interpreted with actual cut-outs in your clothes. It’s the illusion of showing skin in unexpected ways/places that make the trend so feminine and fun. Lace is the perfect way to get the same effect without having half your midriff or back showing. Nic + Zoe’s tunic uses a beautifully open lace that is light and airy for the season, and just right to re-imagine this trend. What makes it even more special is the color. It’s a rich deep brown, and comes with the white tank underneath, which makes for a beautiful Summer color combination, and steps it apart from basic black, giving you a great night out alternative. The modern fit, in XS- XL, also comes in Petite to ensure this tunic isn’t too long on anyone.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nydj-millie-pull-on-stretch-ankle-skinny-jeans-white-regular-petite/3949704 NYDJ - Millie Pull-On Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans
NYDJ - Millie Pull-On Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans
Keeping with the theme of styles with clean lines to go with the featured lace top in this outfit, these modern-fitting NYDJ denim pants have a pull-on styling that ensures there aren’t any zippers, buttons, or pockets to leave lumps under the top. And, of course, with NYDJ’s lift-tuck technology® you won’t have to worry about any of your own potential lumps, either – they are made to tuck in your tummy and lift your rear. If you’ve worn NYDJ before, the recommendation is to normally size down. But their white denim runs a bit smaller, so go with your normal size here. Don’t worry – they’re still incredibly flattering, the white denim just has a slightly different consistency than their blues.
http://www.colehaan.com/cee-sandal-%2885mm%29-optic-white-snake-print/D43797.html Cole Haan - Cee Sandal
Cole Haan - Cee Sandal
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Cole Haan - Cee Sandal
Cee Sandal
Cole Haan
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An open shoe with a delicate heel compliments the airy feel of the lace top in this look, while also balancing the longer length of the tunic. And the slightly cropped length of the pants ensure you’ll be able to show off the delicate white and brown snake-like details of these pretty Cole Haan sandals. While they do have a 3 ½” heel, the molded suede footbed with Cole Haan iconic Grand.OS technology ensure they are seriously comfortable and provides a lot more support than you’d expect from shoes like these.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kate-spade-new-york-quarry-gems-frontal-necklace/4069948 kate spade new york - Quarry Gems Frontal Necklace
kate spade new york - Quarry Gems Frontal Necklace
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kate spade new york - Quarry Gems Frontal Necklace
Quarry Gems Frontal Necklace
kate spade new york
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The only other thing this outfit needs is a pop of Summer color. And this kate spade new york statement necklace uses fire-y coral stones that compliment the brown and white desert palette perfectly. The length will rest perfectly in the neckline of the tunic.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446827206 BCBGMAXAZRIA - Raymond Wide Leg Culottes
BCBGMAXAZRIA - Raymond Wide Leg Culottes
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BCBGMAXAZRIA - Raymond Wide Leg Culottes
Raymond Wide Leg Culottes
BCBGMAXAZRIA
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Tricky Statement: Culottes. These BCBG culottes are one of our absolute favorites – they are so versatile. Check out how you can dress them up for work or for a relaxing Summer dinner.  Curvy and more athletic builds alike both look great in this style. They should hit just below the calf for the most flattering length (and can be easily shortened by any local tailor).We are directing you to Saks for their free shipping and easy returns (in-store or using their pre-paid return labels), but note that the color is a little dark in their picture. The image here, and at BCBG’s site, is more accurate. If your size is sold out at Saks, BCBG also has free shipping and you can return (just no pre-paid label). The fit is contemporary, but relaxed, with pull-on styling that has a waistband that is flat and polished in the front, yet elasticized in the back for even more Summer comfort. We’re playing on that easy feel and wonderfully soft fabric with a casual way to wear these amazing culottes.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shirtsandtops2/topsblouses/PRDOVR~C5096/C5096.jsp J.Crew - Short-Sleeve Popover Shirt
J.Crew - Short-Sleeve Popover Shirt
The clean lines of the culottes in this outfit look great with a little menswear inspiration to give them an easy, casual feel. With the elasticized waist of the pants, this J.Crew popover is ideal to partially tuck in the front, accentuating the front of the waistband to give you some nice waist definition, while leaving the back off-handedly untucked. This will cover the elastic waistband in the back and just look effortlessly cool. The easy, modern fit is meant to be oversized, but you can size down if you want a little less volume. This white button down with a cool split-hem in the back is a great alternative if you prefer sleeveless.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/espadrilles/PRD~C4755/C4755.jsp J.Crew - Corsica Espadrille Wedges
J.Crew - Corsica Espadrille Wedges
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J.Crew - Corsica Espadrille Wedges
If you are tall, these culottes can be worn with flats, but for most of us, a wedge is the way to go. The somewhat chunkier look of these espadrilles provide balance to the wider pant leg and elongates the leg beautifully. J.Crew uses a pretty neutral leather that keeps this whole outfit light and Summer-ready.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/jewelry-bracelets/36294403.jsp#/ Anthropologie - Riverbank Bangle
Anthropologie - Riverbank Bangle
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Anthropologie - Riverbank Bangle
Riverbank Bangle
Anthropologie
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This chunky brass bracelet has a substantial feel and rich look, with its tarnished finish, that is just right for this outfit. The culottes are really the focus, so the clean lines and weighty feel offer just the right balance. And it’s so versatile, you’ll love it with simple shorts and a tee or a maxidress, too.
https://www.shopbop.com/juggler-jumper-bailey44/vp/v=1/1568204370.htm Bailey44 - Juggler Jumpsuit
Bailey44 - Juggler Jumpsuit
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Bailey44 - Juggler Jumpsuit
Juggler Jumpsuit
Bailey44
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Tricky Statement: Jumpsuits & Rompers. In Clothes & Conversation, we showed you a romper to create a casual look with this trend. Here, we’re featuring a way to do it for a cocktail party or dressy night out. Bailey44’s crepe jumpsuit has a tailored leg style with an overlay top detail that is so flattering on every figure. Truly. By creating the look of 2 pieces with the very forgiving popover styling, this jumpsuit creates a silhouette that accentuates the waist, while balancing the hips. There are even angled front pockets that give a little break in the silhouette that just adds to the flattering contemporary fit. The sheer illusion accent along the neckline creates an open, dressy feel that can still be worn with a bra for ladies of every chest size. It’s basically a top and great pair of pants that you don’t have to worry about matching.
http://www.zappos.com/stuart-weitzman-bridal-evening-collection-naked-pale-gold-mordore Stuart Weitzman - Stuart Weitzman Bridal & Evening Collection Naked
Stuart Weitzman -  Stuart Weitzman Bridal & Evening Collection Naked
The black color of the featured jumpsuit looks really fresh and summery with gold accents, dressing it up for a night out or a cocktail party. Start with the muted gold of these Stuart Weitzman heels. The color is not too bright, giving them such a rich look that you’ll be able to wear them with so many things besides this outfit. They are not too high at just under 3”, so you can actually walk – or dance – in them. Yet they have enough height to work well with the tailored pant legs of the featured jumpsuit. Note: You want the pants to just skim the ankle, and any tailor can do it. Just don’t forget to bring these shoes with you.
https://www.shopbop.com/liquid-gold-thin-collar-alexis/vp/v=1/845524441936633.htm Alexis Bittar - Liquid Gold Thin Collar
Alexis Bittar - Liquid Gold Thin Collar
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Alexis Bittar - Liquid Gold Thin Collar
Liquid Gold Thin Collar
Alexis Bittar
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We love the sophistication of a few simple gold pieces of jewelry with really clean lines to compliment the simply elegance of the jumpsuit in this outfit. This Alexis Bittar collar necklace is a beautiful weight and quality. When paired with the crew neckline of the jumpsuit in this outfit, it shows off your collarbones through the illusion detail for a slimming and elegant look.
https://www.shopbop.com/skinny-knot-cuff-giles-brother/vp/v=1/1522577928.htm Giles & Brother - Skinny X Knot Cuff
Giles & Brother - Skinny X Knot Cuff
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Giles & Brother - Skinny X Knot Cuff
Skinny X Knot Cuff
Giles & Brother
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This Giles & Brother cuff has the same clean lines of the necklace chosen for this outfit without being matchy. It can be bent to conform to your wrist, but you’ll find its pretty substantial so it won’t feel flimsy at all.
 

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